WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has proclaimed Aug. 6-13 to be National Farmers Market Week. This is the 18th year the U.S. Department of Agriculture has supported local producers by encouraging families to meet, and buy from, the farmers and other vendors at their local farmers market.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will partner with National FFA to support youth, and prepare the workforce of tomorrow for unique careers in agriculture.
WASHINGTON - July 20, 2017 – Today, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is authorizing the use of additional Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands for emergency grazing and haying in and around portions of Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota affected by severe drought. USDA is adding the ability for farmers and ranchers in these areas to hay and graze CRP wetland and buffer practices.
Washington, D.C — July 18, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), a neurologic disease of cattle, in an eleven-year old cow in Alabama. This animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the United States.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 23 Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue authorized emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres during the primary nesting season in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana in the counties meeting D2 or greater, as indicated by the US Drought Monitor. Since that time the drought has continued to deepen and the forecast is for hot, dry weather in the upcoming week in the northern plains.
WASHINGTON – Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program lands in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. All or parts of these states are experiencing severe or extreme drought conditions – indicated as categories D2 and D3 on the http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkP...
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Thursday announced the suspension of all imports of fresh beef from Brazil because of recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market. The suspension of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which the USDA finds satisfactory.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has named Anne Hazlett, Chief Counsel to the Majority on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, to lead the Rural Development agencies at the U.S.
WASHINGTON – Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning today announced that USDA is providing more than a quarter billion dollars in loans for rural electric infrastructure improvements. “These loans will help improve the delivery of reliable electricity, and will help ensure that rural areas nationwide can prosper economically and benefit from today’s technologies to meet tomorrow’s needs,” Glendenning said.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency on May 15 announced greater crop insurance options for farmers against unexpected decreases in their operating margin. Offered through the federal crop insurance program, margin protection insurance for corn, wheat, rice and soybeans will be available in more states and have updates designed to better clarify the real input costs covered beginning in 2018.